Queen Mary’s 75th Anniversary

Former Cunard liner, the iconic Queen Mary, recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of her maiden transatlantic crossing, which took departed from Southampton in 1936.

Celebrations were held on board the liner, which is now permanently docked in Long Beach, and guests included former staff and crew, maritime enthusiasts, past passengers and even World War II squadron members who travelled on Queen Mary during her wartime service.

Stuart Babcock (pictured here with Cunard spokesperson Jackie Chase) was one of the squadron members in attendance. His duties involved surveillance for allied forces in 34th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron and he sailed on Queen Mary for six days from New York to Glasgow in March 1944.

According to Cunard, “Babcock was visibly moved to be back on board the vessel for the first time since his journey during the war.”

A Cunard spokesperson also presented a commemorative print to John Thomas, who is Queen Mary’s historical expert and master of ceremonies. The print features information about the ship’s impact on sea travel.

Queen Mary is an icon of the 20th century who shall forever remain one of the world’s most beloved ocean liners, and an enduring symbol of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” said Chase, sharing excerpts from the commemorative print.